About our Hosts
We became interested in hempcrete last summer after researching and experimenting with other alternative wall construction systems, including Aircrete, Pumicecrete, and light-clay-straw (LCS). We were impressed by the physical and chemical characteristics of hempcrete as a natural building material.David & Dianna
The house is framed out on a concrete foundation and is ready for the hempcrete infill this Spring!
The exterior wall framing is double-stud construction, which will facilitate form board attachment and result in a straight, even surface. When finished, we will apply a lime-based plaster on the inside and outside surfaces of the exterior walls.
“We were impressed by the physical and chemical characteristics of hempcrete as a natural building material. The important characteristics we were looking for were:
> Energy efficiency > Maintains a consistent temperature
> Does not shrink, so there are no crack lines > Negative carbon footprint
> Promotes a healthy environment > Absorbs moisture & humidity inside the building
> Non-toxic > Anti-microbial and anti-fungal
> Fire and pest resistant > Gains in strength over time
> Easy to construct if done correctly
So building with hemp & lime construction it was an easy decision for us to make!”
Tuition is priced for a full week-long workshop (April 28th – May 4th 2019) which includes 3 meals a day, camping, showers, certification of completion and a hands-on natural building lesson where we construct a hempcrete home together.
$50 Early Bird Discount (from normal rate of $750) until March 1st! Inquire for group rates!
How to Pay: Online with Zelle or Check by mail. For Zelle, use phone number 970-433-0414. Address for checks 8765 Streamcrest Drive Boulder, CO 80302
Scholarships awarded by income based need and compelling essay on sustainability and your passions for the future. Send to Lefthandhemp@gmail.com
Items to Bring
- Camping Gear for all weather elements
- Long-sleeves & Work Boots
- Safety Glasses
- Sun & Mosquito Protection
- Water Bottle
- Hotel Accommodations if not camping on site
- Notebook & Questions
- Workshop Dates are 4/28 through 5/4 (Arrive Saturday night the 27th & leave Sunday the 5th)
Our building site is in northeast Texas, about 8 miles west of Lindale. It’s in the country and well outside the city limits, on County Road 437. This road was part of the old Dallas-Shreveport trail in the 1800’s, you can still see some of the deep ruts left by stagecoaches.
Just 12 miles south on U.S. highway 69 is the Rose Capital of America, Tyler, known for its rose production, cultivation and processing.
To the west on U.S. highway 80 is Grand Saline. The name derived from the large subterranean salt deposits in the area that are owned by the Morton Salt Company. A popular point of interest in Grand Saline is the Salt Palace & Museum.